Apr 28, 2008

Is this Skin Cancer?

There are a couple of itchy patches of skin on my face, and one of them has a brown spot in it, it could be just one of many freckles on my face, and it's small, but I don't want to take any chances. So next week, I have an appointment with my dermatologist.

A number of years back my husband had a small red nodule growing on his cheek, it got larger, and I was really concerned, but no, he wasn't ready to rush off to the doctor to have it checked. We tried a natural remedy that I may share later this week, but finally he did end up going, and he had basal cell skin cancer, the least dangerous form, both on his cheek and on the tip of his nose. Both were removed in an out-patient procedure at the hospital. He can get away with a scar, kind of adds to that rugged, masculine look, but me, I don't think so.

We are both very fair skinned, and both spent a lot of time out in the sun when we were younger, getting raging sunburns, blisters and all. There wasn't the skin care awareness back then that there is now, and you can get skin cancer many years later from things that you did as a child.

So this week, I'll use the daily topics to focus on Skin Cancer. Even though sun can cause skin cancer, it also has many health benefits, please stop by and read more about them - Sun Health Facts and Sunburn.


Updated 2/4/16

Apr 20, 2008

My Inspiring Grandparents

My first post to this blog was dedicated to my Grandfather, and since it's been a long time since I started this blog, I thought I'd bring that post up to the top and repost it with some changes to include a bit about my dear Grandmother. 

My grandfather, John K. Mitchell, lived to be 97 years old, outliving my Grandmother who lived to be 90, and was 3 years older than him. She was the girl next door, he loved her from the age of 14. Grandad passed away a few years ago, it was a blessing to have a grandfather into my 50's and he was very special to me.

He was a retired Air Force Captain with many stories to tell, I loved to listen to him so much, that when he was in his late 80's we made a set of video tapes of him sharing his life story. I treasure these tapes. He wasn't a God-fearing man until later in his life, after he's made many a mistake that would have broken many a marriage, but my Grandmother remained steadfast and faithful to him. She prayed for him, believing that if God could forgive her sins through Jesus Christ (John 3:16 & 17), she surely could forgive the hurt that my dear Grandad's indiscretions brought upon her. 


Her prayers were answered, and so were the prayers of his mother, my Great-Grandmother who didn't live to see the day her son turned his life over to the Lord. He became faithful in serving the Lord, and could not speak enough about what a forgiving God we have. He became a devoted husband to my Grandmother. Now they are all together in heaven and things unknown and unseen here are seen!

Each summer as children we would vacation at my grandparents and one thing you would always find of their table were several bottles of vitamins and minerals from Puritan's Pride. He was faithful in taking them, and in giving them to my Grandmother, who he loved and cared for for many years after she suffered a stroke.

Perhaps seeing those bottles, and watching him give vitamins, minerals and more to my grandmother, was part of what sparked my interest in good nutrition. It opened my eyes to the need for supplements to fill in the nutritional gaps that are often left by our everyday diet, and ultimately lead to my becoming a Nutritionist.

I hope there are people in your life that have been an inspiration to you.


Image: Personal photo, please do not use. Updated 2/4/16

Apr 19, 2008

Recipe for Delicious Chili

Funny, last Saturday it was my husband's request that motivated me to post the recipe that I did, and once again, I was drawn to a chili recipe because my hubby LOVES chili. After all, they do say that "a way to a man's heart is his stomach". I've recently discovered a vegetarian chili that is really delicious, maybe I'll share it sometime, but for now, here's a great chili recipe for you to make and eat, or freeze for later:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1 lg onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 (15 oz) cans red kidney or Pinto beans, or one of each
  • 2 T cornstarch, optional
  • 1/4 C water, optional

How It's Done:

  • Place the ground chuck in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and garlic.
  • Cook until meat is browned through and vegetables are tender.
  • Drain well.
  • Place the tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper into a large saucepan.
  • Place over high heat.
  • Bring to a rapid boil.
  • Add the meat and beans.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove lid and continue cooking for 10 minutes.

If you are not planning to eat this right away, and want to freeze it, place saucepan in the refrigerator for a rapid cool. Pour chili into freezer containers and freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat, remove chili from the freezer, place 1/4 C of water in a saucepan. Add the chili and cook over medium heat until heated through. To thicken chili mix the cornstarch and 1/4 C water together. Add to the chili and stir well. Personally, I prefer not to thicken it as more starch equals more calories.


Updated 2/4/16

Apr 15, 2008

Are Your Toilets and Tooth Brushes To Close Together?

I have been working on our our income taxes for days, complicated because I work at home and home businesses always affect taxes. They are done, and I'm ready to blog!

I was listening to a news report today about things that cause an unhealthy environment in the home. This one isn't new to me, but has a big "yuk" factor whenever I hear it, the fact that when you flush your toilet, in some cases it can cause a spray of several feet, getting bacteria on your toothbrush.

They gave a few obvious tips, clean your toothbrush well before using it, store them inside a cabinet, etc., but there was one "no brainer" that wasn't mentioned, closing the toilet before you flush.

Seriously, the toothbrush is really a breeding ground for bacteria, after all we clean our teeth with them, rinse then quickly, and hang them up. My solution is simply to put a drop of tea tree oil on my toothbrush, then add toothpaste, before brushing.


Updated 2/4/16

Tea Tree Essential Oil is a powerful anti-microbial, which is great not only for your toothbrush, but for your teeth and mouth, and doing this is a lot less expensive than buying toothpaste with tea tree oil in it.

Apr 12, 2008

7 Chicken and Turkey Tips and Ideas

I received the following free-to-share tips and ideas for using chicken. I cooked a LARGE turkey breast in my LARGE crock pot yesterday, and have already done some of the following with turkey, so know that these ideas work well for both:
  1. Learn to slice a whole chicken. Slicing one properly makes it easier to remove the rest of the meat from the bone. The skeleton can be used to create broth. Boil it in some water until the rest of the meat falls off.
  2. You can season the broth with herbs and spices. After it cools, pour it into jars for storage. You’ll be able to keep the broth for a few weeks. Use it to flavor soups and casseroles.
  3. Do your kids carry their lunches to school? Instead of buying lunch meat, slice leftover chicken breast for sandwiches. It will be a nice change from the usual lunch fare.
  4. On the weekends, instead of ordering a pizza or going to McDonald’s, use that chicken. Cube a few pieces to toss on top of a salad with some cheese and croutons. Combine with peppers and onions in a skillet to make filling for fajitas or soft tacos.
  5. Does your family like chicken pot pie? Add some of that chicken, along with vegetables (canned or frozen) and a can of creamed soup to a pie crust and you’ve got an instant dinner that takes less than an hour to prepare. It is a quick meal idea perfect for busy families. A salad on the side will make a complete and healthy dinner.
  6. Don’t settle for canned soup with small noodles. Make your own soup with juicy chicken pieces and wide egg noodles. That broth you jarred up will serve as a nice base and best of all it is already seasoned.
  7. Add wide egg noodles and sliced vegetables like carrots, celery, and onions to your soup. When the noodles are tender, add the chicken. Since it is already cooked it just needs to warn up. Ladle up a bowl for the sick and the healthy as a light weekend lunch.
If you aren't ready to use the meat of your chicken...or turkey...cut it up and put it in plastic zip lock bags, press out all the air before sealing, and freeze for future use.

Here's a different spin on a chicken pot pie, it's cooked in a crock pot, and, well, take a look:


Apr 5, 2008

Recipe for Strawberry Freezer Jam

For years I have been purchasing jelly that is sugar free, with no artificial sweeteners added. This week, my husband asked me to get jam the next time, something with a bit of "body", not just jelly. Guess what? I forgot...but Strawberry prices were down, so I have a lot of those, and now I also have a great recipe for Strawberry Jam that you can use right away, or store in the freezer and use later, here goes:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pt boxes of fresh strawberries, washed, drained and hulls removed
  • 2 1/2 C of fresh pineapple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 7 C sugar (Healthy alternative: raw sugar, or better yet, try using natural honey. You don't need as much honey as sugar, experiment, I'd try about 1/3 - 1/2 the amount.)
  • 2 pkgs (1 3/4 oz) powdered pectin
  • 1 C cold water
  • 4 pt freezer containers with lids

Preparation:

  • Put strawberries in a mixing bowl large enough to hold all ingredients.
  • Crush the strawberries with a potato masher.
  • Measure out 2 1/2 C strawberries and place in a another bowl.
  • Add the pineapple to the strawberries.
  • Slowly add the sugar (or honey) and stir until well combined.
  • Place the cold water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the pectin.
  • Stir continuously until water begins to boil.
  • Boil 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Pour the water mixture into with the fruit.
  • Stir well to combine.
  • Continue stirring 4 minutes.
  • Pour into the freezer containers and cover.
  • Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.

Put a container in the refrigerator for immediate use, and the rest can be put in the freezer for future use. The jam can be frozen for up to 6 months, and will last in the refrigerator for a few weeks. It takes a container about 1 hours to thaw after it has been removed from the freezer.





Image Credit: Pixabay Updated 2/3/16

Okay, I'm off to check and see whether or not I have some pectin, I DO have everything else, I think, so my husband should be happy! I'll let you know.

7 Simple Steps to a Healthier You

Here are simple things you can change each day of the week to improve your health. I hope you enjoy, it's great information, helpful for general every-day health as well as weight loss. Maybe you would like to print these and put them somewhere you can see them as a reminder each day. Enjoy!
Article By: Sally Hammond

You look in the mirror one day and everything is wrong. Your hair, your teeth, your skin, your shape. Especially your shape.

So you write a long list, and you make a pact with yourself that tomorrow you'll start a new whiz-bang weight-loss and life-changing plan. According to your calculations, you will be trim, taut and irresistible in three months.

Three weeks down the road, things are worse. What went wrong? Basically, you fell victim to the "END" (Everything Now Dilemma).

With END you have so much on your mind at once that you get confused, you forget a thing or two, you get rattled and then you give up. When you take one thing at a time, your chances for success get much better. Here's a seven-step plan that will help you to take it day by day.

This is as simple as the days of the week because that's how it works: seven days, seven steps. Each day you add one thing, so that by the end of the week you are juggling seven balls without dropping one. Here's how:
Monday:Back to work or school. Resolve that all you will do differently today will be to make sure to eat two or more pieces of fresh fruit. Any time, any way.
Tuesday:
Today you will set some goals. Plan where you would like to be by the end of the month, then the end of the year-both in your private and personal lives. Write these goals in your diary or stick them where you'll see them.
Wednesday:
Water day. Eat that fruit, keep your goals in mind and drink six or more glasses of water. Add variety with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Or sip on herbal tea if you prefer.
Thursday:
Add in some exercise. Go for a (20- to 30-minute) walk. Walk in the park, around your neighborhood or head for the mall and do some fast-paced window shopping...but don't forget the fruit, the water and to review your goals.
Friday:
Fruit, walk, water, goals ... it's getting easier. So this is the day you give your diet a spring cleaning. Eliminate foods that are not helping you stay trim and healthy. You know what they are.
Saturday:
Pay day. Well done! You're still drinking plenty of water, including fresh fruit in your diet, exercising, eating well and generally staying on track with your life. Spoil yourself with a special treat. Go on, you deserve it. Have some frozen yogurt for dessert, take in that new movie, or plan a weekend away.
Sunday:
Traditionally a day of rest. And you can rest, too, since relaxation is key to maintaining control over your new healthy regimen. Take time to lie in a hammock and gaze at the clouds. Put on a facial mask, take a long, luxurious bubble bath, read a book or play with your pet.

Now that wasn't so hard, was it? By the end of just one week you are happier, brighter, healthier and ready to keep going-because you know it takes just three weeks to create a habit. Except you will have created seven by then.

When originally posted, the article was brought to you by Weight Watchers®, and was posted to a weight loss challenge I hosted in 2008. The links associated with the post are no longer valid at this 2/3/16 update.